NUNA Block Club meeting



Attendees: Mark Paye, Hui Hwa Nam, Sarah Lu, Jane Hereth, Anne Howard, Maria Barnes, Rebecca Dávila, CR Green, Jackie Denofrio, Joe Denofrio



The Spring Clean Up will be April 22, 2017. We will meet at 9:30 at 4927 N. Magnolia for coffee and treats, then fan out at 10:00 to focus on Mr. Tu’s garden, the library and the post office. We plan to spread mulch that day. Sarah will research a place in Evanston that sells mulch cheaply. Elizabeth has arranged this in the past. As it is unclear how much of our current account balance is allocated to gardening, attendees agreed to spend up to $100 to buy mulch.


The WFCW block club is holding a Clean Up, Green Up event on April 15. Friends of Bezazian will have a table and will be accepting book donations for their summer book sales. Friends of Bezazian’s first project is a revitalization of the mural on the alley side of the library.



Dan Lira is doing a great job updating NUNA facebook page.


Report from zoning committee representative Maria Barnes:

The 46th ward zoning committee allows block clubs to vote; the 47th does not but sends notices about potential developments. The major 47th ward project is 5050 N. Broadway’s redevelopment.


975 W. Wilson was approved for a zoning change from commercial to residential. This 147-unit development will be transportation-oriented and within a short distance of public transit, and thus does not need to have as many parking spaces. Maria described the ClayCo project as a luxury development, and reported rental rates of $1500 for a 490 square foot studio. Maria voted against this proposal because she was unable to discuss it in advance with other NUNA members. She would like to arrange a discussion with NUNA members to set up guidelines for future votes, such as requiring projects to contain a certain percentage of affordable units. These zoning meetings happen on the first Monday of every month.


New Business

Rebeca Davila, a teacher in the Bachelor of Social Work at St. Augustine spoke about the school and a new initiative there. She reported that the New York Times voted St. Augustine the number one school for improving the socio-economic status of its graduates. Students can begin classes there in Spanish, working toward their degree while gaining English proficiency. She and other staff and students plan to start a community garden this summer. They will begin with a small budget and two raised beds on the west side of the parking lot. They plan to grow fresh herbs and vegetables that they hope can be used by the culinary school. There will be a ground-breaking ceremony after April 22, and they hope to show an outdoor film in the late summer. Ms. Dávila provided her email and phone number.


Volunteer award:

Attendees agreed to spend up to $75 for a physical award to present or install. The suggestion of naming the award after the first recipient was met with enthusiasm. A smaller committee will determine the final award details. This award will be presented at the block party in August.


Upcoming Events

The next monthly pub outing will be May 3, 8:00 pm at Caravan.


The block party will be August 5.


Maria at Uptown Bikes is organizing a Glenwood Greenway family-friendly bicycle ride from Edgewater Library to Bezazian to Uptown branch.